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IMPORTANT: West Virginia's birth, death, and
marriage records go back ONLY to 1853 at the county level.
At the State level, they begin ca 1918 because a fire in 1918
destroyed the building in which they were housed. Counties were
asked to hold their submissions until a new home was found; some
counties later remembered to send in the 1918-20 records, others
did not. Your best source for births, marriages and deaths prior
to 1918 is the COUNTY.
Hampshire county's records
from the pre 1866 period are unusable. In each book,
approximately one quarter (1/4, 0.25) of each page is MISSING; in
many instances what is missing is the NAME of the person who is
the subject of the record. Additionally, much of the remaining
page is often faded, or stained, and is illegible. While it is
technically correct to say these records exist, they are unusable
from microfilm and restricted in person at the Library of
Virginia in Richmond.
To view a fairly typical page, (140K
.jpg), you may click here
You are invited to visit the primer on Saturation Research for ways and
means of finding people in that time period.
Message BoardsA complete overhaul of the query base was
done 21 June 2001. Please follow the instructions on the new
Post a Query, Will, Obit, Deed, Bio, marriage, pension, et
alii. Please see the USER RULES on the page.
NOTE that all these resources are open to all researchers. While
there are some special links on the Black genealogy page, people
searching for blacks in the county are encouraged to ALSO post
Other Pages here you might want to check
A photo of some Confederate Veterans, ca 1920, submitted by a county researcher.
Some sample documents
from the 1780s concerning Prunty, Ruddell,
and Viney. Submitted by a county researcher.
Family sketches from
Maxwell & Swisher
Some Black Bible Records
Hampshire is home to the State
Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
We celebrate Frontier Days every
Visit our History
We've also got Industry in the
Visit The County
You might find something useful on the Library page
The cemetery in Romney is Indian
Mound. I'm working on an index to graves.
Photos from various county cemeteries are on
the cemetery page.
- More photos of other cemeteries are on what was once
"http://members.citinet.net/rwayne/hampco/index.htm" were moved
to www.hampshire250.org/ which now seems to lead to a porn site.
These URLs are not working reliably for me; since they're working
well for others, I am providing them (as of 3 Jul 2005) for your
reference, but NOT linking to them. Try
http://www.historichampshire.org or Google for them.
- Additional WV Cemeteries may be available at the Cemetery Junction.
- Hampshire County Native Buried in Texas -- The
Cemetery Historical Marker and Edward McCullough's grave marker.
[Thanks to Ruth Ann Edney for these photos! She retains
copyright, so please ask before you adopt one. Her e-dress is in
the WVHampsh-L archives at Rootsweb.]
West Virginia Newspapers, and
specifically, the South Branch
Intelligencer which was published in Romney.
An overview of the County Pedigree
and links to mother and daughter counties.
A list of Place Names in the County, with co-
And a couple outline maps
to go with them.
Doing PRE 1866
A Disclaimer on Vital
Records. (Births, Deaths, Marriages)
- Some County
Wills of various periods.
- A Deed or two
- The 1890 Special Census of Union
Veterans for the county is on-line at The
WVGenWeb Census Center.
- The transcribed
1880 census is available on the Family Search Site.
Indices to the 1860, 1850, 1840, 1830, 1820, 1810 census and
the 1784 and 1782 tax lists for Hampshire county on on-line on
the Mineral county site at
There are some text files for Old Hampshire County available
for viewing on the WVGenWeb
Archives page. If you have a file you'd like to contribute
to this, directions are on the page, and I would appreciate a
Rootsweb also maintains a Resource
Center for Hampshire County.
There is a mailing-
list for questions and discussions as well.
query board for asking questions.
The Legal Chorale
© 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Cheryl Singhal; All Rights Reserved
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This FREE page is part of the WVGenWeb under the USGenWeb
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Index . The County Coordinator may be reached at:
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If you e-mail the CC Please put Hampshire
County in the subject line! If you do not, your message could
easily be mistaken as spam or a virus.
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